Join PAFA for an afternoon of dialogues exploring themes that transcend historic moments and geographical boundaries, like the tension between craft and art, the way commodities trade has defined cultures, and the influence of life on the hyphen for contemporary artists working between multiple home communities.
1:30 PM - Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Blending macro and micro history with nuanced gender analysis, Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware, and Curator of Historical American Art, Anna Marley, discuss how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of Empire.
2:30 PM - The Harmony of the Spheres: Maria Berrio is a mixed media Colombian artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. Berrio’s works, large in scale and comprised of diversely sourced patterned papers and images, depict re-appropriated stories that blur biographical memory with lush paradises and beings found in South American folklore.
3:30 PM - String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft: Long debated in the world of art and design, this tangled debate will be the subject of a discourse between Elissa Auther, Windgate Research Curator at the Museum of Art and Design, and Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton.